Transport Canada and RCMP move to improve airport security

    OTTAWA, April 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian travellers will be safer as a
result of a new information-sharing agreement to conduct expanded criminal
background checks for workers with access to secure areas at Canada's
    The agreement between Transport Canada and the RCMP was signed on April
8, 2009, and within the ten-day deadline given by Canada's Transport Minister,
John Baird.
    This Memorandum of Understanding will allow for greater information
sharing between the RCMP and Transport Canada and will enable Transport Canada
to base security clearance decisions on more complete data from a broader
range of intelligence sources.
    "We have a duty to keep Canadians safe and secure when they travel," said
Minister Baird. "This agreement is a big step forward in protecting Canadian
passengers and employees against potential threats."
    "Today's announcement clearly demonstrates our government's commitment to
safer communities," said Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety. "In
finalizing this information-sharing agreement, the RCMP and Transport Canada
have improved their ability to keep our airports safe."
    "I am pleased with the outcome of our discussions with Transport Canada.
This new Memorandum of Understanding not only enhances information sharing
between our organizations, it also improves safety and security at Canadian
airports," said William J.S. Elliott, Commissioner of the RCMP.
    Transportation Security Clearances are granted to individuals who, by the
nature of their work, require access to restricted areas of airports.
Clearances are granted only to applicants who are not considered to pose a
risk to transportation security.
    The Memorandum of Understanding is part of the Government of Canada's
ongoing efforts to enhance national security intelligence and information
sharing. Before finalizing the new agreement with the RCMP, Transport Canada
had already taken action by reviewing the criteria and procedures for security
clearance decisions, and by drafting a strengthened set of guidelines.

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Minister John Baird, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations; Transport
Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is online at
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